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The Department of Chinese and Bilingual Studies (CBS), formerly known as the Department of Chinese, Translation and Interpretation, was established in 1988. Our department is one of the leading academic departments in Asia that studies Chinese and its interaction with English. It addresses real-life language issues in a bilingual society. As a department with two undergraduate programmes, several taught postgraduate programmes, and a PhD programme, CBS has come a long way and is now a widely recognised innovative pioneer in establishing academic programmes that are underpinned by our research while meeting the demands in society. 


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Ms MAN Cheuk Lam, Year 1 student of BA (Hons) in Linguistics and Translation (BALT), was awarded the prestigious HSBC Hong Kong Scholarship (HK$50,000) in recognition of her outstanding academic performance and active contribution in community services in Hong Kong. Congratulations!

24 Jun 2022

CBS PhD student Miss. ZENG Weixin won the first prize in the 7th Paper Competition of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Postgraduate Academic Exchanges in Foreign Languages and Translation Studies 2022. Co-organised by Guangdong Society of Foreign Languages, Guangdong Provincial Foreign Literature Association, Hong Kong Translation Society and Sun Yat-sen University, the competition has received 254 thesis submissions from 86 universities across the

16 Jun 2022

Postgraduate translation competition

CBS Assistant Professor Dr. CHEN Si has been awarded the PolyU Young Innovative Researcher Award (YIRA) 2022, with her research focus on “Robot-assisted training for children with autism spectrum disorder”. Multilingual and multimodal robot-assisted training programs have been developed to improve the use of speech prosody and cross-domain emotion recognition of autistic children in Hong Kong. The PolyU Young Innovative Researcher Award (YIRA) is

14 Jun 2022

YIRA 2022

Ms. LEE Nok Sze Eunice, a CBS Minor in Korean student has won the champion prize in the 6th Korean Consul General Cup Korean Speech Contest. The prestigious contest is hosted annually by the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea and the Korean Cultural Center in Hong Kong. The prizewinner is nominated to represent Hong Kong in the speech contest organized by the King Sejong Institute Foundation to be held in Korea this October. Congratulatio

9 Jun 2022

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Congratulations to our undergraduate students MA Jianfei (BALT Year 1 student) and LIN Meishan (BACBS Year 3 student) for winning the first-class awards in the China Young Translators’ Contest (B Category). Organized by China Translation Corporation, the biggest state-level enterprise of language services in China, the competition has attracted over 10,000 participants, including students of over 1,600 local and overseas schools, language profess

31 May 2022


CBS Associate Professor Dr. ZHANG Caicai’s project has been awarded the prestigious fund by China’s Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), under the Young Scientist category of the National Major Project on Brain Science. The funded project is entitled “Neurocognitive markers for typical language development and language disorders in children: A longitudinal study based on long-term memory, sleep and brain development”. The MOST’s National Ma

24 May 2022


On top of the nomination for the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Prizes 2022, the project on COVID-19 vaccine opinion analysis conducted by CBS Research Assistant Professor Dr. CHERSONI Emmanuele and his team has been selected as one of the 5 champion projects under the E-science category. 90 champion projects from 18 categories will compete in the final phase of the contest. 18 winning projects will be announced at the WSIS Forum

6 May 2022

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Hosted by the Department of Chinese and Bilingual Studies (CBS), the second Gifted Education Fund (GEF) programme entitled “Multilingual Communication Training and Cross-Cultural Communication Course for Future Leaders” is now open for application. To unleash the potential of gifted students, CBS offers the GEF programme to secondary students with funding from the Gifted Education Fund of Education Bureau and support from the Department of Engli

22 Apr 2022

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Conducted by CBS Research Assistant Professor Dr. CHERSONI Emmanuele, PhD graduate Dr. Enrico SANTUS and the team of the University of Udine in Italy, a project on using Natural Language Processing technologies for monitoring and analysing COVID-19 vaccine opinions on Twitter has been nominated for the "E-science" category of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Prizes 2022. Directly sponsored by the United Nations, the WSIS Prizes

19 Apr 2022

WSIS Prize

Trained by the Department of Chinese and Bilingual Studies (CBS) and the Department of English and Communication (ENGL), the Hong Kong student representatives have achieved excellent results in the Nineteenth International Linguistics Olympiad (19th IOL), held at Isle of Man on 25-29 July 2022. Competing with 184 contestants from 50 teams, the four-member team has won one silver medal and one bronze medal in the individual contest, and an Honorar

9 Aug 2022


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